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Woburn Volunteers Needed for Holiday House Tour

The annual Woburn Holiday House Tour to benefit Social Capital Inc. is coming up on Sunday, December 13th. 8 total houses will be decorated and host to hundreds of Woburn residents touring the area.  We are looking for 16 volunteers, 2 per house, to greet people upon entry and take tickets. Many people will be in attendance and providing some support to the home-owners will be of great help to the event.

 

Each volunteer will work for 2 hours at a house and then be relieved by the second volunteer assigned to that house. Volunteers will either work from 1:15-3:15pm or from 3:15-5:15pm

Preparation will begin at 1:15pm and the event will finish at 5:15pm.

Tickets for the  tour will be free for volunteers as well as some food!

If you are interested in volunteering, contact Dan of SCI at darrick@socialcapitalinc.org

 

Thank you very much for your support!

A Need for Low-Hanging Fruit

Food Deserts

In the fight against malnutrition and obesity, it is essential an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables be available in every community. Though access to these important dietary components is dangerously low in particular (especially poor) areas  of our country and we instead see a surplus of unhealthy fast-food taking place. Two terms have been coined in order to further qualify the issue: food desert and food swamp.      

A food desert is said to occur in neighborhoods with limited access to a variety of fresh produce. People in these communities tend to be impoverished and often lack a vehicle necessary to bring them to the supermarket. Similarly, a food swamp persists where the majority of accessible food is high-calorie, low nutrient and only available from fast-food joints and corner stores.Read more

Join Social Capital Inc. for breakfast, networking and information

SCI logo

On behalf of Social Capital Inc.(SCI), a local nonprofit organization, we would like to invite you to a free breakfast at Goulston & Storrs on Wednesday, October 28.  This event will be a great way to learn more about SCI and what we do as well as a good opportunity to meet others involved in local business. 

 

Itinerary

The gathering will begin with networking and a continental breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Our program will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. and we will be done by 9. SCI President David Crowley will be presenting the program's important work in Boston area communities and ways you and/or your company might potentially help with our growth plans.


Space is limited as this is intended to be a gathering of a select group of contacts invited by SCI board members. RSVP for the event by Friday, 10/23 by emailing Jordan Caress at jcaress@socialcapitalinc.org or calling 781.935.2244.


We hope to see you at the breakfast!Read more

Women's Health Workshop 10/22, Charlestown



Contact Olivia Larkin at olarkin@hria.org or 617-279-2240 ext 061 to RSVP or for more details.

Volunteer at Franklin Park 10/10

Volunteers at Franklin Park

The Franklin Park Coalition in Dorchester will welcome CEP students for this volunteer event. During this particular service day we have planned to move a shed, and clear brush in the park. This should be a fun and exciting team building exercise and everyone is invited to join in. 

Date: October 10th

Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

Event: Service day at Franklin Park Coalition.

Group: NEU, CEP Students

AmeriCorps contacts on site: Sophonie Pierre (sophonie@franklinparkcoalition.org) and Seth Stultz (seth@franklinparkcoalition.org)

A Grassroots Approach to Chelsea's Walk-to-School Initiative

The working group meeting in Chelsea to discuss walking to school initiatives

A new grassroots effort is underway to improve walk-to-school conditions for Chelsea youth. The initiative will be lead by The Community Health Leaders of Chelsea and assisted by Social Captital Inc., Healthy Chelsea, Walk Boston, The Neighborhood Developers  and Chelsea Public Schools. On September 30th a working group met to provide training to The Community Health Leaders of Chelsea.  

During the training, Walk Boston, Social Capital Inc., and Healthy Chelsea all spoke of ways in which The Community Health Leaders could start educating the public and gain a following. Healthy Chelsea spoke about the importance of overall community health, access to a variety of healthy food at corner stores and restaurants and bringing children into parks.

Walk Boston presented on the health benefits of walking and exercise and creative ways in which The Community Health Leaders can move their initiative forward.  Walk audits (canvassing of walking routes to assess safety conditions) were discussed as an option, as well as the responsibility parents, children, drivers and cyclists must take on while sharing roadways.Read more

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